The lie of Labour’s radicalism

The spiked team discuss the latest election pledges, green grandstanding and Prince Andrew.

Topics Brexit Politics UK

Can the anti-Brexit Labour Party really implement radical change? Can the parties’ climate pledges get any crazier? What does Prince Andrew’s retreat from royal duties mean for the monarchy? Brendan O’Neill, Ella Whelan and Fraser Myers discuss on this week’s spiked podcast.

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Jerry Owen

25th November 2019 at 8:09 pm

Enjoyed the podcast. Some great points and some really witty stuff as well

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Keith Lloyd

24th November 2019 at 10:08 am

And Labour’s promised ‘nationalisation’ of various organisations is not at all radical. Because they plan to buy from/compensate the current owners, it will transfer wealth from most of us to the rich. They will just move their ownership to some other profitable investments.

Fernando Vianna

23rd November 2019 at 5:30 pm

You´re for Brexit and so am I. Brexit is not about economics. It´s about soveignty, being a self-governing nation among other nations, national identity. Ok. I get it. So why are you against the monarchy, a centuries old, ever evolving institution which is the very embodiment of your fascinating history and national identity? Needless to go into the countless advantages of having an unelected head of state, performing all the respective representation functions without being dragged into the nitty gritty of party politics. Let alone the evident fact that presidents also live in palaces, have huge staff and now and again put a foot wrong.

Winston Stanley

23rd November 2019 at 4:24 pm


What happens if Boris loses his seat? Another leadship contest? Oh dear, 4 leaders and 4 pms in as many years. Will a revised Brexit be back on the table if someone else wins?

One to look out for on election night…

> They and other Corbyn-supporting activists are campaigning on the huge campus of Brunel University and the suburban streets outside, waving banners and putting up posters with the slogan Unseat Boris and a ruder epithet ‘F*ck Boris’.
Mobilising the students is crucial if Ali is to topple Boris, whose majority halved in 2017 to just 5,034 — the smallest of any premier since 1924.
If successful, Ali could cause the first British prime minister in office to lose his seat in more than a century.
On Thursday afternoon, a 27-year-old software engineer and Labour campaigner Phil McMahon was dishing out leaflets at Brunel, telling students to register to vote by next Tuesday’s 5pm deadline.
‘Nine out of ten here support our calls to vote Boris out of his seat,’ he told the Mail.
‘Most didn’t know they could vote at their student address until we told them.’ – DM
Another, freelance writer Aranyo Aarjan, 29, said none of the ‘registration squad’ eyeing up students were from Uxbridge.
‘We are targeting this area to strategically remove Boris,’ she said. ‘If I knew the student I was talking to was a Tory supporter, I probably wouldn’t encourage them to register.’
And Ali himself added: ‘The student vote is super important here. There are 15,000 in the constituency. The Tory Party would never set foot on campus. They don’t knock on doors like we do. The bookies’ odds have shortened the odds on a Labour win here.’

H McLean

24th November 2019 at 11:17 am

Dream on, sunshine. Labour are facing extinction at this election.

Jim Lawrie

24th November 2019 at 12:10 pm

It is revealing that he invokes the bookies as supportive evidence. They care not a hoot about predicting the outcome. The job is to balance their book in their favour no matter who wins.

Winston Stanley

24th November 2019 at 6:03 pm

Well poppet, will you have a massive if Boris loses his seat?

Brexit LIVE: The SEVEN leading Brexiteers in danger of losing seats – shock poll warning

SEVEN leading Brexiteers are in danger of losing their seats in next month’s general election, according to a shock poll.

Dominic Raab is among the group who are fighting to hold their seats in the December 12 vote, polling information from Datapraxis has revealed. The group’s analysis of 270,000 voter interviews conducted over several weeks has indicated other Brexiteers including Iain Duncan Smith are at risk. Along with Foreign Secretary Raab and former Tory leader Duncan Smith, Steve Baker, Philip Davies, Zac Goldsmith and John Redwood could lose their seats.

The seventh, sensationally, is Boris Johnson himself. – Express, today

Jim Lawrie

22nd November 2019 at 7:57 pm

Andrew was extending his patronage and protection to shield others from the legal consequences of their actions.
He has no such privilege in America. He fears an investigation into his finances by American prosecutors devoid of due deference, who will make sure that justice is not only done, but is seen to be done, and will show neither fear nor favour. No-one will rally round him. His crime in the eyes of his family is not what he did, but that he was careless in doing it.

Philandering is not what he was about. He was active in the prostitution of teenage girls against the law of the land. White, working class girls – that is why he was so contemptuous of them. He does not regard them as belonging to the same species as his own girls.

Ven Oods

23rd November 2019 at 1:39 pm

People in line for the throne but unlikely ever to assume it seem often to go off the rails. Perhaps they should have advisors and protective personnel and… Oh, they do!

James Knight

22nd November 2019 at 7:10 pm

It was hilarious to see Corbyn claim that he was advocating “real change” and he expected the establishment to do everything to discredit it and block it.

In point of fact 17.4 million people voted for “real change”, and he is part of the establishment trying to block and stop it. It really doesn’t matter what he says on other issues – some of which I might agree with – as he made clear he will not respect what people vote for. When he was first elected leader his USP was that he was conviction driven and would stick to principles even if not always popular. Now he reminds me of what people used to say about Bill Clinton, the type of man who can “piss down your leg while smiling in your face”.

Mike Ellwood

22nd November 2019 at 9:17 pm

Ven Oods

23rd November 2019 at 1:42 pm

[what people used to say about Bill Clinton, the type of man who can “piss down your leg while smiling in your face”.]

The kind of behaviour that would discourage those in contact with him from wearing, say, a black dress?

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